Here’s the newest addition to the photography section of my blog: a selection of photos from my recent holiday to the Dordogne in France, September 2012. The weather was gorgeous, and the light was excellent for taking photos (95% of the time anyway!) We stayed near Sarlat, in an old family friend’s gite. They moved out several years ago, and converted a farmhouse/barn into 4 properties. They were finished to a very high standard, but the selling point had to be the views out across the valley. Stunning. Here’s a link to their website: http://dordognedreams.com/. These are some shots from my time spent there, I hope you like them. (I’ve left out all the holidaymaker snaps of family meals or poolside antics etc, I thought I’d spare you!)
An old bell at the house we stayed at overnight to break the southward journey.
Large, quite unusual church doors in Sarlat. The church has been converted into a covered market.Fountain in Brive-la-Gaillarde.Statue looking across a square in Sarlat.Sign in Sarlat.A doorway near the above sign.A panorama of the view from the bottom of the garden where we stayed at La Ferme de la Tour.Under a tree in the garden.Bench at the bottom of the garden.The garden swing.These were fascinating. Dotted around the area we stayed in were several of these “greenhouse graveyards” as I termed them. They housed flower tributes and were very quirky. I made the point that they looked like they had been lifted out of New Orleans or something. To which my wise-ass sister (who is, admittedly, about to go to Oxford University to study French, so I should have seen this coming) responded: surely New Orleans looks like it was lifted from here, given that Orleans/France was the cultural precedent. Damn her and her logic. Thinking of it my way round must just be the conditioning of an American studies student. But it’s interesting to think how certain places become iconic for their image, and overtake over places that were the “originals”, in the forefront of people minds when certain terms or ideas are imagined. For me, this was quite an intriguing idea.More greenhouse graveyards.These final photos show segments of wall where various posters had been placed, removed and replaced; several times. It created a poster-like quality, from numerous sources, like a montage.